Committees: Archives and Special Collections

Archival Description of Notated Music

A Supplement to Describing Archives: A Content Standard

The Archives and Special Collections Committee's Working Group for Archival Description of Music Materials has issued the first draft of its supplement to DACS. We are eager to hear your thoughts on this important work that bridges content standards for archival materials and descriptive needs of music collections. You can download the draft document here. The survey tool for comments on this important work is accessible through this link, which is also on the first page of the pdf document. For better viewing we recommend you use Chrome, Opera, or Internet Explorer. Firefox users have reported problems with the formatting.



The Archives and Special Collections Committee identifies the concerns and interests of music librarians responsible for archives and special collections; advises the MLA membership on best practices for archival appraisal, acquisitions, processing, arrangement, description, preservation, and access; and provides a forum for information exchange and discussion among music archivists and librarians.


Committee Handbook

Archival Resources for Music Librarians 

Working Group for Description of Archival Music Materials

Recently Updated Profiles
Maristella J. Feustle, Jonathan Manton, Adriana P. Cuervo CA, Sofia Becerra-Licha, Elizabeth Surles

Chair, 2017-2021
Adriana P. Cuervo CA
Member, 2015-2019
John M. Bewley
Member, 2015-2019
Jonathan Manton
Member, 2015-2019
Elizabeth Surles
Member, 2017-2021
Sofia Becerra-Licha
Member, 2017-2021
Maristella J. Feustle



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The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.